Tiznow's withdrawal latest blow to Special

Injury to Horse of Year follows Baffert's pulling of Dubai winner `Steve'

Horse Racing

April 24, 2001|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

The dream match of Tiznow and Captain Steve in the Pimlico Special dissolved when Captain Steve was withdrawn from consideration for the May 12 race.

That left Tiznow, the reigning Horse of the Year, as the main attraction. But now he won't be competing, either.

Tiznow suffered an injury to his left hind leg during a workout Friday at Santa Anita Park in Southern California, said his trainer, Jay Robbins. He said it could be a pulled muscle or a recurrence of an injury that the 4-year-old suffered as a 2-year-old -a stress fracture in his left hind tibia.

"I'm hoping for the pulled muscle," Robbins said yesterday by telephone from his barn.

Robbins said that Tiznow would undergo nuclear-imaging testing and X-rays to determine the extent of the injury. No matter what the determination, he said, Tiznow will not run in the Pimlico Special.

"We're sorry we won't be making it to Pimlico," Robbins said. "We were looking forward to that."

A couple of weeks ago, it looked as if Captain Steve, winner of the $6 million Dubai World Cup, and Tiznow, winner of the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, would clash at Pimlico.

Bob Baffert, trainer of Captain Steve, decided not to enter his colt because he wasn't happy with his progress on returning from Dubai.

"I'm at a loss for words," Lou Raffetto Jr., chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said upon learning of Tiznow's defection. "I guess it was too good to be true."

The Pimlico Special, a Grade I stakes with a $750,000 purse ($500,000 to the winner), will now likely feature Albert the Great, Traditionally and Include.

NOTE. Talk Is Money, runner-up to Marciano in the Federico Tesio Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, will run in the Kentucky Derby, said his Laurel-based trainer, John Scanlan. Talk Is Money, a $1.8 million yearling sired by Deputy Minister, has lost four straight races.

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